Amherst math teacher will not return to class

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The Amherst Regional High School teacher who’s been the target of racist graffiti won’t be returning to school this year.

Carolyn Gardner just started as a math teacher at the school last fall. According to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, she’s done teaching at least until the next school year.

Principal Mark Jackson told 22News there were a couple racist messages targeting Ms. Gardner in the fall.

22News told you about racist graffiti found on a bathroom wall in March. Gardner was out of work for three weeks after that. Last week, another note was found at the school, mentioning Gardner.

Chris Page of Belchertown told 22News, “It doesn’t really surprise me because I think there’s always an element of prejudice that kicks around. I’m surprised the reaction has been so strong and it feels really unfortunate to me that she keeps feeling that she can’t keep coming back to school.”

Amherst police investigated and determined the note posed no credible threat. 22News contacted the Amherst Superintendent’s office which has not returned our calls.

The spokesman for the FBI office in Springfield told 22News they have been monitoring the issue since the beginning and is working with Amherst police in trying to figure out who is behind these racist attacks.

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